Here’s a truth bomb- alcohol and drugs are a SYMPTOM of the problem.

The problem is you don’t understand or cope with feelings well, and you use substances to numb the feelings so we don’t have to feel them.

You drink to manipulate feelings and dodge responsibility.

When you quit drinking,  those habits don’t go away overnight.

Look at your recovery as a long game, not quick or instant results. You are healing, you are changing lifestyle habits and retraining your brain to have a positive and healthy mindset.

You know the person you want to be and the life you want to have and that isn’t going to magically appear just because you put down your bottle of wine. It takes work and it takes time.

When you quit drinking you will feel better. Your anxiety will go down, you will start to sleep better, you will have more energy- because you aren’t poisoning yourself anymore. And quitting drinking builds your strength and gives you a clear head so you can begin the process of healing and growing up.

No lifestyle is built overnight.

It has taken me years to become who I am today and every single year I see massive growth because I have a clear direction.

That’s what I want you to have. Being accurate with your expectations and having a clear direction will help you to feel a sense of accomplishment rather than getting stuck in that trap of “I should be better than this by now, I should feel better, I should be farther along”.

First of all, every sober person has those same thoughts- I think it at least once a week about something- and I have to catch myself and remember everyone feels that way and I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

You aren’t alone, you are super strong, you already survived poisoning yourself so surely you can survive recovery!

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